Tuesday's WNBA Capsules
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 18 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 78-72 win over Tulsa on Tuesday night, extending the Shock’s WNBA record to 19 straight losses.
McWilliams-Franklin blocked Ivory Latta’s jumper in the lane with 19.1 seconds remaining to help Minnesota hold off a late rally.
Lindsay Whalen scored 14 points, Amber Harris had 13 and Seimone Augustus chipped in 12 for the Lynx.
Amber Holt scored 18 points, Tiffany Jackson added 13, and Sheryl Swoopes and Latta each scored 10 for the Shock, who fell to 1-24 this season.
Tulsa trailed only 55-50 after three quarters but stumbled through two brief yet costly scoring droughts in the fourth. The Lynx broke off a 7-2 run to pull away and scored five unanswered points later in the quarter for a 12-point lead.
Liberty 74, Mercury 70
PHOENIX (AP) — Cappie Pondexter scored 17 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter and Nicole Powell added 16 points to help New York rally for its third win in six games.
The Mercury got the ball with 12.7 seconds remaining but Penny Taylor missed a long 3-point attempt and Pondexter made a free throw on the other end for the Liberty, who trailed by six points with 6 minutes left.
Candice Dupree led the Mercury with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Taylor had 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Mercury were without leading scorer Diana Taurasi, who sat out with back spasms.
Storm 63, Silver Stars 55
SEATTLE(AP) — Tanisha Wright had 16 points and Lauren Jackson scored six of her 13 in the fourth quarter to lead Seattle.
Sue Bird and Camille Little added 12 points each for Seattle (15-12), which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Silver Stars for third place in the Western Conference.
Sophia Young scored 14 and Jia Perkins 11 to lead San Antonio (13-13), which dropped its fourth straight and is just 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles for the fourth and final playoff berth in the West.
Bird become the 16th WNBA player to reach 4,000 points.
Dream 83, Sky 80
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds left, to lead Atlanta.
Lindsey Harding added 15 points for the Dream (14-13), who opened a two-game led on the Sky (12-15) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with seven to play.
Sylvia Fowles hit a turnaround jumper to give Chicago an 80-79 lead with 6.3 seconds left, but McCoughtry was fouled on the ensuing possession by Michelle Snow and hit the game-winners.
Fowles had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and reserve Shay Murphy added 16 points for the Sky.
Erika DeSouza scored 13 points and Sancho Lyttle added 12 for Atlanta.
Sparks 86, Mystics 82, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Candace Parker had 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 38.9 seconds left in overtime, to lead Los Angeles.
Tina Thompson finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks (12-15), winners of three of five since Parker returned from a torn lateral meniscus in her right knee on Aug. 16.
The lead changed five times in the extra session before Parker slithered through the defense for a layup to put the Sparks ahead 81-80. Matee Ajavon missed a layup on Washington’s next possession before Parker and Tina Thompson combined to sink five free throws to seal the win.
Langhorne scored 28 and Ajavon added 14 for the Mystics (5-21), who have lost six straight.